titleEarlier this year I had the chance to visit the OCZ offices. While being shown the offices I could sense the excitement. At that time they finally had the Indilinx crew in the office and they were very excited about how having an in house NAND Controller and firmware production would change the future of OCZ’s SSD business. The first drive that Indilinx had a hand in was the OCZ Vertex 4. Today we are going to put the Vertex 4 to the test in our new benchmark suite along with a few other SATA 3 drives to see how they perform. I hope that the same excitement that I saw in the OCZ offices will equal top notch performance from their current flagship SSD. 

Product Name: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB

Review Sample Provided by: OCZ

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


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Usable Capacities (IDEMA)

64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

NAND Components

2Xnm Synchronous Multi-Level Cell (MLC)


SATA III / 6Gbps (backwards compatible with SATA II / 3Gbps)

Form Factor

2.5 Inch

NAND Controller

Indilinx Everest 2

DRAM Cache

Up to 1GB

Dimensions (L x W x H)

99.8 x 69.63 x 9.3 mm



2 million hours

Data Path Protection

ECC corrects up to 128 random bits/1KB

Data Encryption

256-bit AES-compliant, ATA Security Mode Features

Product Health Monitoring

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) Support


Power Consumption

Idle: 1.3 W    Active: 2.5 W

Operating Temperature

0°C ~ 70°C

Ambient Temperature

0°C ~ 55°C

Storage Temperature

-45°C ~ 85°C

Shock Resistance



Serial ATA (SATA)

Fully compliant with Serial ATA International Organization: Serial ATA Revision 3.0. 
Fully compliant with ATA/ATAPI-8 Standard Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

Operating System

Windows XP 32-bit /64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit / 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit; Linux; Mac OS X

Additional Features

Performance Optimization

TRIM (requires OS support), dynamic and static wear-leveling, background garbage collection, Indilinx nDurance 2.0 Technology to extend SSD lifespan

Other Performance Features

Ndurance 2.0 Technology (Reduced Write Amplification without Compression, Advanced Multi-Level ECC, Adaptive NAND Flash Management)

Service & Support

5-Year Warranty, Toll-Free Tech Support, 24 Hour Forum Support

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #28164 05 Oct 2012 19:55
A look at OCZ's Vertex 4 SSD
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Twodavez replied the topic: #28171 06 Oct 2012 00:42
Do the makers of the SSD's have the technology to make 1 TB SSD's and just don't to keep the prices high and their profits up? I don't have anything against profits, i'm just wondering when these are going to be big enough and cheap enough to do away with the non-ssd or disk drives (not sure of the exact name)...

A little off topic, but i love my SSD and wanna know when i can buy more mega cheap!?!?!?!?
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #28172 06 Oct 2012 01:09
they make them


The costs are coming down on SSD's. But we only recently saw the prices drop below a dollar a gig. Multiplying that by 1000 gets really expensive, adding on top of that there is such a small demand for them due to the price that the costs are much more than $1 per GB right now.

To give you an idea on how much the prices have changed already. This drive is three times as fast as the first SSD we tested, has twice the capacity, and costs $120 less.

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